Talbot Village Trust has provided a grant of £9,700 to Poole Waste Not Want Not, a charity which provides food and support to families on a low income.

Poole Waste Not Want Not received the funding from the grant giving charity, Talbot Village Trust, to increase its capacity to store more fresh, chilled and frozen food at its shop on Poole High Street.

Elaine Lawford, Trustee of Poole Waste Not Want Not, explained: “We are grateful for Talbot Village Trust’s donation as it has helped us to increase our ability to store and provide more food to local people who are in financial hardship. The sad reality is that the demand for our services keeps increasing, and so we need support to be able to continue to help more residents in Bournemouth and Poole.

“Our service users are facing a range of issues including financial hardship, disabilities or mental health problems, so once they come in for food, we engage with them and offer help to improve their circumstances. Some people even go on to join our team of volunteers.”

Poole Waste Not Want Not works with local food banks, supermarkets and waste food distributers to supply food to its community shop in the centre of Poole. Users of the service can choose their own food, which includes fresh and refrigerated products, and are encouraged to make a donation depending on the food selected and the amount they can afford.

To use the service, people must be referred by a professional service which is working with those experiencing financial problems.

Russell Lucas-Rowe, Trustee of Talbot Village Trust, added: “It is services like Poole Waste Not that play a vital role in the community. Having learned that the number of users is continuing to increase, we knew that we wanted to help so that we could enable the charity to be able to expand their services and help more people in the community.

“What is unique about the charity is that as well as providing people with food, they also offer advice and guidance to those in difficulty.”

Talbot Village Trust meets biannually and is accepting applications for funding from both previous and new applicants in the area before the Trustees meet in spring 2020. Please go to www.talbotvillagetrust.org for more information.

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